How to Reach Kodaikanal

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How to Reach Kodaikanal – Flight, Train and Bus

Getting to Kodaikanal from Bangalore and Chennai is pretty straightford using public transport. To reach Kodaikanal you can make use of flight, train and bus.

How to Reach Kodaikanal by Flight

To all those millennial kids who were born with passport and a boarding pass, you can’t really fly into Kodaikanal. However, if you are traveling from distant locations you can use the following airports which are nearest to Kodaikanal:

  • Madurai – 125 km
  • Trichy – 145 km
  • Coimbatore – 170 km

How to Reach Kodaikanal by Train

If you traveling by train Kodai Road is the closest railway station. But don’t get your hopes high just yet, the thing is Kodaikanal is still more than a hundred kilometer away from Kodai Road. Kodai Road is located at the base of the hill and from there you can hire a private vehicle, jump onto a shared taxi or get on to a public/ private bus to reach to the top of the hill to Kodaikanal.

How to Reach Kodaikanal by Bus

There is frequent bus service from almost every nearby town in Tamilnadu. If you are coming from Bangalore, you can get on to KSRCTC bus to reach Kodaikanal. It’s a night bus and takes about 10-11 hours for the entire Bangalore-Kodaikanal journey. One important thing to note is the last leg of the road is hilly with serpentine turns that could make anyone little dizzy. So, it’s best to book early to avoid the last seat. Believe me the KSRTC bus fills up very fast. Also, take in the appropriate medicine if you are a weak-stomached. Carrying a throwing-bag would also be a wise choice for weak-stomached.

How to Reach Kodaikanal by own Car

I mean seriously? Just follow the GPS, or fire up the Google Map. And yeah while you are at it, don’t forget to fill up the tank! You wouldn’t want to stand by the side of the road in the middle of the night trying to thumb down people for petrol? Will ya?


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